President’s Report 1990

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President’s
Report 1990

NEW
MANAGEMENT
FQR THE HEATHLAND SANCTUARY AFTER 30 YEARS

The 30-year period
from 1960 till now during which the Society has leased and been the
sole management
organization for the Gramatan Avenue Heathland
Sanctuary
will end next
month.
Sandringham Council has unanimously agreed that the Sanctuary should
not be sold,
but should be retained as a Heathland Sanctuary, to be reserved as such
undo
the City of Sandringham Planning Scheme. Until then it has only its
present status
as land zoned Residential C, although it is protected by Victoria’s Fauna
and Flora Guarantee Act
.

Sandringham
Council has called a meeting of interested parties, including all BCS
members
wishing to attend, at the Sanctuary at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, 20th September 1990, to confer
on directions its management should be taking. The Committee hopes that
as many
BCS members as possible will be able to attend.

NON-INDIGENOUS
TREES WILL COME TO DOMINATE BEAUMARIS STREETSCAPES

Last year BCS
wrote to Sandringham Council over its review of its 1984 Street
Planting Guide
. We commended that Guide’s excellent wording,
which sought to re-establish the original flora, including the native
grasses
and ground covers. BCS hoped that at least 75% of street tree planting
species
would be of indigenous local flora. We believe that streetscapes should
harmonize with existing indigenous vegetation rather than be seen as
alien.

<>It is
disappointing
to see that the Council in practice appears to have moved away from in
previous
position. Recent
plantings right along Reserve Road and other street have been of
trees that
are not indigenous to Victoria even, let alone Beaumaris.
They appear to be species
indigenous to northern Australia. Barely saplings, yet their
potential to
smother the coastal bush atmosphere of inland Beaumaris is a time-bomb.
Replacing
them now would entail relatively little cost or disturbance. They
should be
removed and replaced now before they become an entrenched and
discordant
camouflage of the natural character of Beaumaris.</>

MINISTER’S
STAND ON
TIME LIMIT FOR KEEFER’S SITE WORKS
SUPPORTED

BCS
Office-bearers and others were the Appellants in an unsuccessful 1987
Appeal to
the Administrative Appeals Tribunal against Sandringham Council’s
approval to
construct a new boat hire and kiosk building on the old Keefer’s site.
The
Council, but not the State Government, has since received very adverse
publicity over this year’s cliff fall there, partly referring to the
1998 AAT Report. That report, to the Hon. Tom
Roper, recommended warning signs threatening prosecution for
unauthorized cliff
destruction, but related these to the risks to the unique fossils
rather than
to the public. A Ministerial Press
Release (
12th February 1989) acknowledged this.

 Now
that the 2 years granted in early 1988 to
build the kiosk etc. has expired, the new Minister has not extended the
period
allowed. The proponents are appealing to the AAT, and BCS
Office-bearers will
be supporting the Minister’s approach at the AAT hearing on 5th October 1990.

BETTER
CONTROL
OF
BEACH ROAD
TRAFFIC, AND PROVISION FQR BICYCLES

BCS through the
Port Phillip Conservation Council Inc. (PPCC Inc.), has supported
submissions
to the Minister for Transport and the Opposition endorsing the Wells Road to Marina Road trial, and is seeking its
extension.

INTERACTION
WITH OTHER CONSERVATION BODIES, GQVERNMENT & COUNCIL

We continue cur
membership of the PPCC
Inc
, the Conservation Council
of Victoria
, and
the
Australian Conservation
Foundation
(ACF). The PPCC Inc. Committee has
recommended that ACF members vote NO in the referendum in October to
replace
the present ACF Constitution with a
new version, as the replacement is considered less democratic and more
authoritarian (as opposed to authoritative).

BCS continues
to have useful contacts with State Government MPs and local MPs, Mr
David Lea
MLA and the Hon. Geoff Connard MLC, and Sandringham Council’s staff and
South
Ward Councillors.

Geoffrey Goode,
President                                                                                            
           
 17th September 1990